The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust is actively involved with education from primary level right through to post-doctoral work. Local pupils are often engaged in our river conservation projects and PhD candidates work with us on research projects.

We offer a range of educational activities to schools, including our educational river table, life in rivers invertebrate identification and river field trips.

Our exciting new project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is called Rivers 2U, and through this we engage with schools and wider communities along the Rivers Wharfe, Swale, Ure, Nidd and Ouse, with things to do with Rivers – from habitats and minibeasts, to how rivers work, flooding and natural flood measures.
In 2018 we launched our new mobile classroom which allows us to bring our displays out to you. The van is fitted with:
• a Rivers Table – which shows how rivers work from source to sea
• Microscopes – which will allow us to show the minibeasts and riverflies that live in our watercourses
• Displays showing different aspects of rivers and their habitats.

Visits are linked to the National Curriculum, and can be adapted for different key stages, offering:
• A wide range of cross-curricular activities for all ages
• Hands-on activities
• Gifted and talented options
• Experienced activity leaders
• A unique educational resource
• We come to you! A small fee of £50 is charged per visit, to help towards the running costs of the Rivers2U van.


Further details are available on our Projects Page: Rivers2U

If you have any questions about working with us on an educational project or you would like to make a booking for the mobile classroom, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

What our schools say:

The introduction was great and the children were really engaged and learned a vast amount in a short space of time. It was great how the leader had a vast amount of knowledge about wildlife and could talk about it really well to the children. ”  Clifton Green Primary School, York. 

” Thank you for an outstanding outdoor learning experience for our students. We covered a range of topics perfect for their AQA GCSE course. ” Upper Wharfedale School Geography Department

” We really enjoyed the river table – the children were so enthusiastic about it!” – Ms. Gardener, Y3/4 Teacher, Kirby Hill Primary School.

The day was extremely well organised, interesting and full of engaging activities which kept the children’s attention throughout. The water table was a fantastic experience for the children to see some of the geographical processes taking place and how these processes can be altered or stopped. The activities linked well to our science and physical geography learning.” – Mr. Breckon, Y5/6 Teacher, Grewelthorpe Church of England Primary School.